An overdose can quickly lead to a dangerous medical crisis or even death.
When every minute counts, you can ACT and potentially save a life.
Drug dealers are pressing fentanyl into pills made to look like some prescription drugs. Protect your community by spreading awareness of the dangers of counterfeit pills. Someone can take a pill without knowing it contains a lethal dose of fentanyl.
Naloxone neutralizes opioids, reverses the possible fatal side effects, and helps someone breathe again.
Laws protect you and empower you to save a life.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid painkiller, up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and can easily be fatal except when administered by a doctor or via prescription.
Prescription fentanyl is manufactured in extremely precise doses and its use is carefully monitored. Illicit fentanyl, on the street, is an unknown, even to the person mixing it. It is a case of trial and error – and the errors are very often fatal.
For more information, visit dea.gov/onepill
Naloxone is a safe antidote to reverse an opioid overdose. It neutralizes the opioids, reverses the possible fatal side effects, and helps someone breathe again.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury or death in the United States, causing more deaths than motor vehicle crashes. Opioids – both prescription painkillers and heroin – are responsible for most of those deaths. Naloxone is a safe and legal antidote to reverse opioid overdose. It has few adverse effects, no potential for abuse, and can be rapidly administered through intramuscular injection or nasal spray.
While most professional first responders and emergency departments are equipped with naloxone, emergency service providers may not arrive in time to revive overdose victims. Trained and equipped bystanders such as friends, family and other non-health care providers and drug users themselves can effectively respond and reverse an opioid overdose.
Opioid overdoses result in the respiratory system slowing down to the point of not breathing – this usually takes time. With training and naloxone, lives may be saved!
Naloxone only works for opioid overdoses and will not help with a stimulant overdose or alcohol overdose. If a combination of drugs was used including an opioid, naloxone should be administered – it may help.
Naloxone has no psychoactive effects and does not present any potential for abuse. When administered in an overdose, opioid users may experience withdrawal symptoms until the naloxone wears off.
Did you know that you’re protected under Florida law when you help someone who might have overdosed?
The 911 Good Samaritan Law says that a person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for an alcohol- or drug-related overdose may not be arrested, charged, prosecuted, or penalized for simple drug possession.